Imatge de l'autor

Shelly Laurenston

Autor/a de Dragon Actually

75+ obres 12,204 Membres 681 Ressenyes 33 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Originally from Long Island, New York, Shelly Laurenston now lives on the West Coast. She is the author of the series Magnus Pack, The Long Island Coven, Pride Stories, and The Gathering. Shelly Laurenston is also The New York Times Bestselling author G.A. Aiken, creator of the Dragon Kin series. mostra'n més Check out her website at (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
Nota de desambiguació:

(eng) G.A. Aiken is the pseudonym of Shelly Laurenston. Aiken's "Dragon Actually" is a reissue of Laurenston's "To Challenge A Dragon," while "About a Dragon" is a reissue of "The Distressing Damsel."

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Obres de Shelly Laurenston

Dragon Actually (2008) 827 exemplars
The Mane Event (2007) 725 exemplars
About a Dragon (2008) 583 exemplars
Pack Challenge (2006) 572 exemplars
What a Dragon Should Know (2009) 495 exemplars
The Beast in Him (2008) 470 exemplars
Beast Behaving Badly (2010) 441 exemplars
The Mane Squeeze (2009) 431 exemplars
Here Kitty, Kitty! (2009) 417 exemplars
Last Dragon Standing (2010) 411 exemplars
The Mane Attraction (2008) 406 exemplars
Go Fetch! (2007) 393 exemplars
Big Bad Beast (2011) 373 exemplars
The Unleashing (2015) 372 exemplars
Bear Meets Girl (2012) 339 exemplars
The Dragon Who Loved Me (2011) 326 exemplars
Wolf with Benefits (2013) 294 exemplars
How to Drive a Dragon Crazy (2012) 283 exemplars
Supernatural (4-in-1) (2011) — Col·laborador — 279 exemplars
The Blacksmith Queen (2019) 274 exemplars
When He Was Bad (2013) 270 exemplars
Hot and Badgered (2018) — Autor — 268 exemplars
Bite Me (2014) 263 exemplars
The Undoing (2016) 215 exemplars
Everlasting Bad Boys (Anthology, 3-in-1) (2008) — Col·laborador — 204 exemplars
Light My Fire (2014) 198 exemplars
Howl for It (2020) 196 exemplars
Hunting Season (2010) 188 exemplars
The Unyielding (2017) 180 exemplars
In a Badger Way (2019) 179 exemplars
Feel the Burn (2015) 167 exemplars
Belong to the Night (2009) 155 exemplars
Badger to the Bone (2020) 130 exemplars
The Princess Knight (2020) 130 exemplars
Breaking Badger (2021) 119 exemplars
A Tale of Two Dragons (2013) 117 exemplars
Bring the Heat (2017) 101 exemplars
Dragon on Top (2015) 67 exemplars
The Heretic Royal (2022) 54 exemplars
Born to Be Badger (2023) 37 exemplars
My Kind of Town [short fiction] (2020) 28 exemplars
Can't Get Enough (2008) 28 exemplars
Shelly Laurenston Bundle (2012) 22 exemplars
Dragonkin, Books 1-4 (2019) 9 exemplars
The Pride Series (2020) 5 exemplars
Chains & Flames 4 exemplars
To Challenge a Dragon (2004) 2 exemplars
Dragon Kiss - Dragon Dream (2013) 2 exemplars
Royal Arrow (2023) 1 exemplars
Honey Badgers: Sinnlich & wild (2021) 1 exemplars
Call of Crows (2018) 1 exemplars
Gebändigt 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Sun, Sand, Sex (2007) — Col·laborador — 156 exemplars
Bewitched, Bothered, and BeVampyred (20-in-1) (2005) — Col·laborador — 127 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom normalitzat
Laurenston, Shelly
Altres noms
Aiken, G.A. (Glynis)
Data de naixement
Llocs de residència
Long Island, New York, USA
West Coast, USA
Nota de desambiguació
G.A. Aiken is the pseudonym of Shelly Laurenston. Aiken's "Dragon Actually" is a reissue of Laurenston's "To Challenge A Dragon," while "About a Dragon" is a reissue of "The Distressing Damsel."



2.5 stars

*This is a #TBRChallenge review, there will be spoilers, I don't spoil everything but enough, because I treat these reviews as a bookclub discussion.

Sara took a large, dramatic breath. “I am a werewolf then?”
Zach looked at her as if she were insane. “There’s no such thing as werewolves.”
Sara stood up, her aggression coming off her in waves. She could feel it. “Then what the hell are you?”
“A shapeshifter!” He snapped back. He seemed truly insulted

This month's #TBRChallenge prompt was Furry Friends and I know you all yawned and said Whiskey's reading about doggos. HA! What could be more Furry Friends than two werewolves shapeshifter wolves banging it out.

I wish it was 2008 because then I could just say, “Samhain supernatural published romance” and everyone would instantly have a fairly good idea what I mean by tone, story, and characters. This is quintessential Samhain published romance to me. It's wild, fun, side-eyeing, sexy, and two wheels off the rails.

Readers come into the story as Zach enters a bar in nowhere Texas. There he eavesdrops on two women behind the bar who are discussing their drunk friend Sara. Zach finds Sara on the dance floor and seeing her scarred face and limp, identifies her as who he's looking for. When he rescues her outside from some dudes up to no good and Sara rewards him with pushing him up against the wall and trying to go to town but her friends intervene and drag her away. The beginning is fast, wild, 2006 in the way only 2006 can be with female relationships “You bitch” this and “You bitch” that, and mystery intriguing with Zach having elongating canines and talking on the phone to someone saying “I found her but the others have to.”

The story develops with readers eventually learning that Sara's parents were shapeshifter wolves but her mom attacked and killed a shapeshifter lion and that lead to her mom and dad being killed, and Sara severely injured in the attack. Sara was taken by her grandmother to raise as a baby and because her grandmother hated shapeshifters, Sara never learned of her heritage and ability. However, Sara works for a shapeshifter wolf and has been watched over. Zach's pack has decided to search for Sara after all these years because the current alpha female senses Zach is going to make a play for alpha and she likes her power and doesn't want to be pushed aside, so she decides to busy Zach with this assignment.

Zach and Sara have fated mates going on and Sara gets horny as hell whenever he's in the vicinity. This is tagged as erotic and with the story being short and the sex scenes and focus on Sara's aggressive horniness, yeah. Sara and her friends get invited to a rave the visiting shapeshifters are having (did I say two wheels off, excuse me, three) and even though Zach isn't supposed to clue Sara in yet, they end up in a tool shed and he heals her decades long extremely painful leg injury by scratching her (something about bleeding the poison out lol). This also triggers her shifting abilities and suddenly Sara's communication with true blood wolves (I laughed so hard at the snooty true blood wolves making a distinction) makes sense and Sara, for the most part, shrugs and is like, “cool, I'm a shapeshifting wolf.” It's really not mean that I was laughing at parts in this book, the story tone recognizes how crazy this all is and had some really funny parts:
“Whatever. But he’s one of several. Like the guy’s at the club that first night I was here. He’s Pride.”
“You mean proud.”
There was that sigh again. “I mean he’s Pride.” That stated through gritted teeth.
“Pride? Lions have prides.”
Sara spun around. “There are lions too?”
Patient Zach made an entrance. “Yes. And tigers. And mountain lions. There’s an array of shifters.”
“Bunnies?” Sara watched him swallow.
“No bunnies.” That through clenched teeth. “Think predators. Our ancestors became one with the predators. Bunnies are low on the food chain.”
“Don’t get huffy. They’re the ultimate killing machine.”
“I can’t have this conversation.” He leaned against the bathroom wall.

I know there has to be shapeshifting shark romances out there in the year 2024.

The story ends with some dog and cat fighting, Sara and Zach marking each other to lustily HEA, and moving to CA to alpha the Magnus Pack. Sara's friends are obviously set-up to continue the story (apparently I read the third book of this series in 2010???) and series.

The romance was lusting, if not deeply loving, the story was supernatural clinging to rails, some of the dialogue was 2006 cringe, but it all came in a short, wild, lively, and pretty good funny moments package.
… (més)
WhiskeyintheJar | Hi ha 27 ressenyes més | Feb 21, 2024 |
I really love Shelly Laurenston's writing because it is so humorous and it can always cheer me up. This book is a spinoff of the Pride series, and it feels like as the books go on longer and longer the romance feels so incidental that I can't even say that that's what the book is about. That isn't necessarily a bad thing because the characters are so fun and the plot is good, but these books are more about found family than anything else.
kittyfoyle | Hi ha 25 ressenyes més | Jan 30, 2024 |
I really can't fucking wait until Beatrix gets hers. Like. Seriously.

lexilewords | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Dec 28, 2023 |
Fully aware that Kyle Jean-Louis Parker is not the main character of this novel, but also let's be real, I love that little POS more than I should. So I'm hype whenever he shows up for any reason because when he finally FINALLY falls in love (and its coming don't you mistake that) it's going to be GLORIOUS.

Meanwhile as is common with the Honey Badger books this is less a PNR revolving around one couple and more of a UF revolving around just what it means to get involved with the MacKilligan Sisters.

Practically everyone in this book has been seen before - Laurenston has built a world SO LARGE between the Pride and Honey Badger books that it would be weirder if no less then a dozen familiar faces showed up.

Doubly suspicious if at least one of them wasn't a Smith.

Starting this new chapter with us are the "Black Malone" brothers, who's younger half sister Nat is the half sister (on the father's side, because Freddy MacKilligan is a true slut) of Charlie, Max and Stevie. They want to forget that, but that's never worked out for anyone.

Enter Finn, the second oldest Malone brother and the mostly reasonable, easy going one. What begins as a nice gesture to Mads (one of Max's teammates) evolves into madcap globe trotting adventure very quickly.

As always the highlight of Laurenston's books are her effortless blending of humor, gratuitous yet oddly compelling violence and the genuine warmth of family. Whether its the inside jokes about Max raiding the hives or the ridiculous underestimation EVERYONE has for the MacKilligan Sisters (its almost insulting), this was a fun ride and I can't wait to see who's the next couple.
… (més)
lexilewords | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Dec 28, 2023 |



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